While we were moored at B86 two boats managed to scrape along our newly touched up paintwork! They did apologise, saying that the wind had caught them, so that was alright then! Moving on a couple of miles we pulled in to take on water at Hall Green just before this unusual footbridge. As the water was trickling out very slowly we thought we would have plenty of time for coffee. Though after about half an hour the water flow speeded up and the tank filled up more quickly.
Next we entered Hall Green stop-lock to drop down all of one foot! Once this was a tandem double stop-lock, a check point for boats passing from the Trent and Mersey and the Macclesfield Canals. Hence the two cottages next to each other placed one for each canal. The wind was strong and gusty, but luckily there were trees and high hedges, so it didn’t affect us too much. We then went on to moor on rings at the visitor moorings on Red Bull Aqueduct. It was only a short walk from here to Tesco to top up the food cupboards.